23rd March 2016Back
Kosher and halal foods are defined by Jewish and Islamic dietary laws. Consumer demand for these requirements in food products has been increasing globally across the food industry and shows no sign of slowing down. It follows that demand for kosher and halal enzymes is also increasing.
This increase in demand is not just because of religious reasons. Consumers now see kosher and halal food as being of a higher quality, healthier and produced with a higher degree of food safety than their non-kosher/halal counterparts. The kosher labelling system is partly responsible for this, displaying a clear listing of the product contents and identifying whether it contains dairy or meat products, which is advantageous for vegetarians and consumers with allergies.
Almost all of the big food manufacturers produce some kosher/halal products, including Coca-Cola, KraftHeinz, Kerry and General Mills to name but a few. For any food manufacturer this involves careful evaluation of ingredients, strict regulations of product packaging, production processes and facilities. This of course includes the requirement of enzymes also being kosher and halal.
Kosher and Halal Certification at Biocatalysts
At Biocatalysts we recognise the critical importance of our products also meeting these strict standards and have achieved site kosher and halal certification for our manufacturing plant. These certifications are testament to the systems we have in place and the good working relationship we have with our kosher and halal auditing bodies – Manchester Beth Din and Halal Food Council of Europe.
In addition to the documented systems in place there are regular audits from both the kosher and halal bodies to ensure continuing compliance. The documented system we operate includes full, up to date electronic and hard copy records of all raw materials, batch traceability, agreed product specifications and consistent manufacturing processes.
How do our Customers Benefit from our Kosher & Halal Certification
Before site kosher accreditation, a Rabbi had to be present when manufacturing kosher enzymes to ensure the strict kosher methods and processes were adhered to. This meant that customers had to order their kosher enzymes well in advance. Having a site Kosher Certification means that this is no longer necessary.
Having access to kosher and halal enzymes allows our customers to access new markets for their products. Biocatalysts’ customers benefit from a wide range of standard enzyme products, with kosher and halal status, being routinely produced against forecast. One such example is Lipomod 801MDP. This microbial pancreatic lipase was specifically designed to match the performance and flavour profile of its animal counterpart, allowing enzyme modified cheese manufacturers to enter halal, kosher and vegetarian markets.
Our Customised Enzyme Development and Manufacturing Service is also covered by our site certifications, which means there are also no issues manufacturing unique enzymes for our customers.